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“Underwhelming”

Bogyoke Aung San Market
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Yangon City Sightseeing Tour
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Having been to "markets" all over the world, I frankly found the market rather underwhelming. Quality of the products seems lacking, and the prices paid seemed higher than you would in say Phnom Penh or any market in Tanzania, Kenya or Zambia. That being said, sellers were friendly and selection was good. jewelry prices by the way were not great, especially given opportunities to purchase in Thailand or Cambodia if you have that option.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Don't go on a Monday when the market is closed. Any other day and you will see a bustling market selling almost everything. Like all markets the world over you have to make your own judgement aboutnvaluemfor money but its a good place to pick up trinkets perhaps on your last day before flying home.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The markets are quite large, covering several buildings and an outside road.

The items that can be purchased at the markets include:- good quality jewellery, lots of jade, other semi precious stones, lacquer ware, wooden items, some antiques, paintings and other art, clothing and T shirts.

The quality ranges from good to poor, and prices are generally according to quality.You can easily tell the quality just by looking. Age of antiques is wholly dependant on what the seller tells you.

There is some bargaining, although not as 'cut throat' as in Bangkok. The sellers rarely go much under the asking price and are quite prepared for you to walk away if you offer too much less. The sellers are usually friendly and will take no for an answer.

In the main undercover thoroughfare, you will be harrassed by people wanting to seel fans, maps and postcards. There appears to be a bit of a scam where a woman and two younger girls dressed as nuns will ask you to make a donation. We gave one of them $1 and the others really, really harrassed us to give them money----which was quite un nunlike behaviour---which lead us to think it was a scam. (It may or may not be a scam, but we have never experienced such behaviour from nuns anywhere in Asia).

The sellers will take local currency as well as dollars. If you buy with dollars, the exchange rate will not be in your favour, so try to have both currencies.

The sellers and local visitors to the market often wll smile at you, and really love it when you smile back. They will also say 'hello' and I have seen them appear disappointed when a foreigner does not reply.

I recommend this market as a must do when visiting Yangon, great place, some good items to purchase and a nice experience.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

not much of a tourist destination. Here is where the locals come to shop, but a good place to stop off for t-shirts and other souvenirs. You'll find items here that the stalls that line Shwedagon's entrances do not carry (many things in homage to Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD).

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Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Located 1km and 500 Meters from Parkroyal Hotel and Traders Hotel respectively making this place a convenient stop. Hundreds of small shops selling gems stones, fabrics, handicrafts (looks like from Thailand), drawing and etc. The market hour is from 9am to 5 pm and I suspect Monday is their off-trading day. Worth to visit as you also will see Burmese flocking this place for their 'tea-break'. Taxi is relatively easy to get to drive u back to hotel, despite no metering charge, the cabbies will quote you reasonable fare back to hotels.

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